For the last two weeks I’ve hit that time in my life where one suffers from entrepreneur’s ennui. Maybe it was the fact that I turned the big 2-5, maybe it was because I was nearing my 150th post or possibly it had to do with feeling like I was working so hard at my business and I wasn’t seeing the earth shattering results I wanted to.
So I took a few days completely off. I avoided my Mac like the plague and instead sent it longing glances from across my condo as I forced myself to read, relax and go bicycle riding (very cathartic by the way). I spent some time thinking about the purpose by this blog and within my own life. I came to a few amazing conclusions which I will be sharing with you, my lovelies, later on this week.
But for now I wanted to share some of the best quotes I found while going through my quarter life crisis which I think will reinvigorate you just as they have me to continue to follow your passions and pursue an extraordinary life.
10 Maxims for Business Revolutionaries
1. My first six years in the business were hopeless. There are a lot of times when you sit and you say “Why am I doing this? I’ll never make it. It’s just not going to happen. I should go out and get a real job, and try to survive.” George Lucas
- Have you had those feelings? Have you quit? If not then good for you, if so then get back on the saddle. Lucas didn’t quit after 6 years, most people in business quit after 6 months.
2. The entrepreneur is not really interested in doing the work; he is interested in creating the way the company operates. In that regard, the entrepreneur is an inventor. He or she loves to invent, but does not love to manufacture or sell or distribute what he or she invents. Michael Gerber
- For me this was where virtual assistant’s came in… they help you with all the stuff in your company as the ‘inventor’ you don’t want to do but are essential.
3. I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There’s vision, patience, and execution. Steve Ballmer
- All too often people have a vision, but don’t have the patience or execution to make it a reality… don’t be one of those people.
4. Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. Dale Carnegie
- Go read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” a.s.a.p. and you’ll learn how to deal with this ‘problem’ and make your own life a lot easier and happier.
5. To have passion, to have a dream, to have a purpose in life. And there are three components to that purpose, one is to find out who you really are, to discover God, the second is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique talents and when you are expressing your unique talents you lose track of time. Deepak Chopra
- Being passionate about what you do really does make your entire life 100 times more pleasant and it makes what you do 1oo times more effective.
6. I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile. Walter Chrysler
- Do you wake up everyday excited about your ‘work’? If not think of what changes would have to be made to make you jump outa bed and whistle your way to your job… then make them happen.
7. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. Mary Kay Ash
- If you find yourself starting to limit what you can do think of instead the worst possible scenario, like you go broke and a bird poops on your head. Then work yourself mentally out of that hole and see what the BEST possible scenario you can imagine is – say living in 5 star hotels with the love of your life while traveling the world and running a business that is turning sand into food so orphans can eat. You have one life, you owe it to yourself to at least try for the very best.
8. You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure. Andrew Grove
- Epic, and so true, action is always the #1 piece of advice I give to any entrepreneur or would be business builder when they ask what they should do more of… just act!!
9. The most important thing is God’s blessing and if you believe in God and you believe in yourself, you have nothing to worry about. Mohamed Al-Fayed
- I personally love this one, you may not and may leave me a mean comment calling me a dirty religious but hey, it’s my blog so deal with it
10. The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. Thomas Edison
- I think often people see the word ‘hard work’ and think it has to be physically and mentally draining – instead it just has to be effective, so try to remind yourself daily to work ’smarter’ not necessarily ‘harder’.
Comments, Questions, Testimonials?
How’d ya like those apples? If you have any maxims you’d like to share or stories of inspiration (or heck stories of hair pulling out frustration) feel free to leave a comment below…